ADC Executive Director Appointed to Co-Chair DOT Anti-Discrimination Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. | | February 2, 2023 – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg today announced 19 members to serve on the Anti-Discrimination Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC). ADC is proud to announce that National Executive Director Abed Ayoub has been appointed to serve on the Committee and selected as a Co-Chair of the committee.

Throughout his career Ayoub has worked to address issues impacting Arabs and Muslims in the United States, including matters related to discrimination, immigration, hate crimes, surveillance and profiling. He will bring an important perspective and voice to the committee. 

“This subcommittee provides a unique opportunity for diverse individuals to bring our collective experiences with anti-discrimination work to ensure a more equitable aviation industry. We are thankful to Secretary Pete Buttigieg and our colleagues at the Department of Transportation for the commitment to such an important initiative.” said ADC National Executive Director Abed Ayoub.

The Anti-Discrimination Subcommittee will review airlines’ policies, procedures, and practices to prevent discrimination against air travelers based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, ancestry, gender identity and sexual orientation. It will also provide recommendations to the ACPAC on best practices related to airline training programs and other practices or actions that can be taken by DOT, airlines, and others to prevent discrimination in air transportation. 

In selecting the Subcommittee members, the Secretary focused on ensuring the individuals: (1) represent a significant stakeholder group; (2) bring essential knowledge, expertise, or experience regarding discrimination matters; (3) comprise a balanced array of representative and expert stakeholders; and (4) are willing and able to attend meetings and contribute constructively to policy development. 

A complete list of committee members can be found by clicking here.

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